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Ankle Sprain (cont.)

Ankle Sprain Treatment

Treatment by a doctor will be similar to home care, especially using ice to reduce inflammation.

  • The doctor may elect to apply a brace or cast to reduce motion of the ankle. Crutches are frequently provided so the patient does not bear weight on the injured ankle.


  • The most common medications used for ankle sprains are anti-inflammatory pain medications that both reduce pain and help control inflammation. If the patient cannot tolerate these drugs, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or narcotics are common alternatives.

Ankle Sprain Follow-up

Follow-up for ankle sprains is needed only if the ankle is not healing well. This could indicate there is a previously undetected fracture or torn ligaments. An orthopedic or podiatric specialist should be consulted if initial treatment fails. Go to a doctor for follow-up care if any of the following situations:

  • You cannot walk on the injured ankle within a week of the injury.


  • The ankle continues to hurt after two weeks.


  • A follow-up visit one to two weeks after the injury is advisable to help with flexibility and strengthening exercises. In some cases, a physical therapist may help with rehabilitation of the injured ankle.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2016

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